After being active in Southern Africa for ten years, offering a range of quality solar products such as Solar Home Systems (SHS) which give off-grid populations access to affordable energy for lighting and charging mobile phones and television and refrigeration services this firm has its eyes on conquering the entire Southern Africa market.
The €2 million investment in the pay-as-you-go (PAYG) company will see it expand into the larger southern Africa market was led by EDP Renováveis (an EDP Group subsidiary) in partnership with venture building firm Persistent Energy Capital LLC. EDP is EDP Renováveis (EDPR)’s main shareholder and is a global energy company and a leader in value creation, innovation, and sustainability.
The investment will boost the international expansion of SolarWorks! in Southern Africa, where the company has been operating a PAYG businesss since 2016. As a PAYG business, SolarWorks! sells solar home systems and related products to off-grid households and small businesses in rural and peri-urban areas. With over 170 employees, SolarWorks! is currently preparing to expand from Mozambique to Malawi.
According to Arnoud de Vroomen, CEO and co-founder of SolarWorks!, “The potential of the off-grid energy market in Africa is enormous. Persistent has been the ideal partner for us to build SolarWorks! to where it is today. EDPR is one of the biggest players in the world in renewable energy and we consider ourselves fortunate to welcome them as a partner with SolarWorks! and Persistent to achieve our next phase of growth.”
SolarWorks and Persistent Energy began their partnership in 2015 and have worked hand in hand ever since. Persistent Partner Rodrigo Weiss said “We are very proud of SolarWorks! and their development into the most dynamic PAYG company in Southern Africa. We are delighted that EDP Renováveis will be investing and providing their expertise to continue SolarWorks! on its successful growth trajectory.”
“Over the last decade, EDP has become the world leader in renewable energy and has been actively engaged in developing solutions in this area for emerging economies, where a significant part of the rural population still lacks access to electricity. Since 2009, the Group has invested about €5 million in A2E projects, directly impacting more than 20,000 people. This commitment is also an opportunity for the Group’s internationalization strategy. SolarWorks! is a very promising company with a differentiated business model, an experienced management team, and a solid shareholder structure”, says António Mexia, CEO of EDP.